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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 2006

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2006

Chances for supermajority change

When Gov. Dirk Kempthorne first asked lawmakers to lower the supermajority for school construction bonds from two-thirds to 60 percent, the idea didn’t go anywhere. It would take a change in the state Constitution, and that means, first of all, each house of the Legislature…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2006

And from the other side...

Idaho’s House and Senate Democrats held a joint press conference this morning to respond to Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s State of the State message last night and point to their own priorities. Among their points:• Senate Minority Leader Clint Stennett, D-Ketchum, called Kempthorne’s $50-per-person energy cost…

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2006

The shoe heard 'round the state

When Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, made their presentation to legislative leaders this afternoon about the outcome of the interim committee they chaired – which is proposing major property tax relief – Senate President Pro-Tem Robert Geddes, R-Soda Springs, started it…

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They'll show us 'quick'

As the Idaho Legislature convened officially at noon today, members of both houses expressed hope for a short session. “We’re looking for a very quick session,” Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, told the Senate on behalf of the House. Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, the Senate…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2006

It's WGI and CH2M Hill - again

The Idaho Transportation Board has finished re-interviewing and re-ranking the two bidders who want to oversee the state’s biggest-ever highway project, and once again, Boise-based Washington Group International came out on top.The board will take a final vote on Jan. 18 to negotiate a contract…

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ITD board re-interviewing bidders

The Idaho Transportation Board is meeting right now to re-interview the two leading bidders to oversee the state’s biggest-ever highway construction project, the GARVEE bond-funded “Connecting Idaho” project. First, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Washington Group International each drew a card – PB pulled a 5 of…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2006

Otter: 'I was wrong'

U.S. Rep. Butch Otter has withdrawn “for now” his sponsorship of federal legislation to sell off millions of acres of Idaho’s federal public lands to raise money for Hurricane Katrina and other disasters. In a rather humble guest opinion sent out this afternoon to news…

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Keough makes most-influential list

State Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, is the only North Idaho resident who made the annual list of the 25 most influential people in Idaho put together by political historian Randy Stapilus and his Ridenbaugh Press. This year’s list focuses on “agents of change” in 2005…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2006

Public land sale idea criticized

The ripples are still spreading from U.S. Rep. Butch Otter’s sponsorship of federal legislation to sell off 15 percent of Idaho’s public lands – a move that attracts extra attention because Otter is running for governor of Idaho. On Jan. 1, the Lewiston Tribune, in…

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